Tuesday class March 13
We have now read chapters 8 and 9. In groups of three or four, discuss what happens in these two chapters. Then move on to discuss:
-The symbolism of names: Erica, Chris, Changez/Genghis Khan.
-Erica’s change/deterioration: “he never came to know what triggered Erica’s decline. (Was it) the trauma of the attack on her city? The act of sending out her book in search of publication? The echoes raised in her by our lovemaking? I think I knew even then that she was disappearing into a powerful nostalgia”. Discuss each of the statements and explain what Changez means by each of them.
What does Changez mean when he says “America, too, was giving itself over to a dangerous nostalgia at that time”.
Find quotes that describe Erica’s deterioration or altered mental/physical state.
Find quotes that support the idea that Changez changes his attitude towards America.
Write down 10-15 new words that you have come across in these two chapters.
On your blog, write a summary of the two chapters. Include your thoughts about what is happening with Changez and Erica, both their attitudes and their relationship.
(Photo retrieved from nytimes: http://www.nytimes.com/2007/04/22/books/review/Olsson.t.html)